Android Dark Mode: How to try out Android Q’s biggest feature early
Google is finally introducing a system-wide dark mode in Android Q, and you can try out the much-requested feature early. Its official name is actually ‘Dark Theme’, but we reckon the majority of people are going to keep referring to it as ‘Dark Mode’.
Here’s everything you need to know about it.
How to enable Android Dark Mode
Users have been requesting a system-wide dark mode for generations at this point, so the fact that it’s set to be a native part of Android Q is a great bit of news.
Android Q is still a work in progress, and will start rolling out to users later this year, but you can sign up to the beta right now, in order to try out the new operating system’s biggest new features − including, of course, Dark Mode.
The Android Q beta is currently open to all generations of the Pixel phone, as well as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, OnePlus 6T and plenty more. Unfortunately, the Android Q installation process is different for different phone manufacturers. Just follow the link below for full Android Q sign-up instructions.
Read more: How to install Android Q
If you use a Pixel phone, you’ll be able to activate it in Android Q by turning on Battery Saver.
For other handsets, you’ll be able to tun on dark mode in Android Q either by tapping a dedicated Quick Settings tile, or by going to Settings > Display > Theme.
What is Android Dark Mode?
As you can see, when you activate it, the Android user interface will switch from white to black.
Google is working on making all of its apps dark mode-compatible too, and they’ll switch from light to black as soon as you activate dark mode on your phone. The developers behind third-party apps are being encouraged to follow Google’s lead.
“Our whole system layer on Android goes dark. It’s not just the Android Q system, but also apps supporting Dark Theme,” said Google product manager Shenaz Zack.
“We will also be letting third-party developers easily switch to Dark Theme, so that they can support the system-level setting, along with supporting their own setting, because there are some apps that people… even if the system is dark, they want to keep light.”
Does Android Dark Mode save battery?
“Android Q offers a new Dark theme that applies to both the Android system UI and apps running on the device,” Google says. Its claimed benefits are listed below:
- Can reduce power usage, particularly on OLED screen-toting handsets
- Improves visibility for users with low vision and those who are sensitive to bright light
- Makes it easier for anyone to use a device in a low-light environment
Read more: Android Q features
“Your OLED display is one of the most power-hungry components in your phone, so by lighting up less pixels, we’ll save you battery,” Google said.
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